Spring is ready to, well, spring, and we're ready for a fling with lovely trends blooming at beauty counters in South Florida department stores. The uberhot trends include flawless foundations; soft, feminine pastels for eyes and cheeks; and bold, matte lips. It's time to shed those violent violets from fall and winter and lighten and brighten up with limited-edition collections in corals, pinks, yellows and lilacs.
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Chanel's collection consists of a pearly palette of roses, peaches and corals and greens. But the big news here for South Florida fashionistas is the new oil-free Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup with SPF 15 ($45). Formulated with mineral-coated pigments to minimize the effects of perspiration and oil, this product promises to be a godsend in the death throes of steamy summer. This lightweight liquid slips on like silk and offers invisible-yet-full coverage. It's available in 10 shades of rose and beige — and is worth every single penny.
Bobbi Brown's limited-edition Peony & Python collection paints purples and pinks on pouts with the creamy Lilac Rich Lip Color with SPF 12 and Pale Peony Rich Color Gloss ($22 each). The soft lilac and grey eye shadows in the Peony & Python Palette ($50) are nothing to blink at, either. They're just plum pretty and, as always, glide on like a dream.
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Erase dark under-eye circles and fight fine lines with Sue Devitt's new Microquatic Bioluminescence Illuminating Concealer with SPF 20 ($25). This super-emollient coverup has light-reflecting properties along with Australian botanicals, antioxidant orchid extracts and Vitamin E. It comes in four shades.
Soften up with the Clarins Neo Pastels Collection, right. The Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour ($28) in Miami Pink offers the perfect blend of matte and iridescent to get you glowing in the right direction. Pull off the hot matte lip look with Rouge Hydra Nude Smoothing Lipstick ($24) in four rich, moisturizing shades.
It's total infatuation with Estee Lauder's Pure Color Orange Crush Collection inspired by Derek Lam, straight off New York Fashion Week runways. The Pure Color Gloss and Eye Shadow ($20 each) look fantastic on all skin tones. Also tops for tips are the Pure Color Nail Lacquers in Hot Coral, Mega Fuchsia, Purple Passion and, for daring gals, Wicked Green and Wild Blue ($19).
You can't get much bolder than Lime Crime's D'Lilac's and My Beautiful Rocket opaque lipsticks ($16 each). This hip line's motto is: "So bright, it's illegal!" And these super-bold, long-wearing formulas in 10 shades are not for the faint of heart. (Get 'em at the Space NK counter at Bloomies.)
Go completely Gaga with MAC's nude-shaded Viva Glam Gaga 2 Amplified Crème Lipstick or Lipglass ($14.50), inspired by the Lady herself. Plus, your purchase benefits the MAC AIDS Fund.
Want to get the hot matte lip look without buying a new lipstick? Just apply your favorite lipstick and dust a little translucent powder over lips. Voila!
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